In Reply to: Re: Take it for a drive before accepting it. List posted by Jeff G on April 15, 1999 at 19:22:12:
: : ...for rattles, braking vibration problem (as experienced by many E46 owners here), check radio/CD for defects (take a CD with you and pop it in for a listen), closely inspect the paint for any dings, inconsistencies in paint quality (in daytime), check for low miles upon pickup (should not be mor than 15 or 20), and listen for rattling of doors on your test drive.
: : Good luck.
: : PS: Always pick your car in broad daytime. It is really easy to miss paint or ding defects at night.
: My detailer claims that fluorescent light is the most unforgiving, and shows every little imperfection. You might also ask if you can give it a visual examination in the service bay area. I wish I had, as I have a nasty scratch on the bumper of my Miata that I believe was on the car when I got it.
Boy is he right. I've been cleaning my car at night to get ready to sell it. It was in the garage under fluorescent light and the swirl marks were unbelivable! I attacked it with Meguires Mirror Glaze before waxing. It looked a lot better, but it was still easy to see the swirl marks. But the next morning, in day light, it looked great.
One thing to remember- Day light and fluorescent light have different color spectrums. So two different paints that match under daylight may not under fluorescent light (and vise versa). So its ideal to check under both if you are really concerned that something isn't quite right.